Hadassah Jewellery The King’s Choice is an exciting new jewellery business that was started to encourage and strengthen unity between Jews and Gentiles in the Body of Messiah all over the world.
The business was opened in January this year by believers Zackary and Esther McDowell, who live with their young children in the coastal city of Bat Yam in central Israel.
“We see our jewellery as a ministry tool to both Jew and Gentile. It is such a unique design that causes people to ask, ‘What does this represent?'” Zachary told KNI. “It may give someone an opportunity to witness to the Jew by sharing how much they love the Jewish people because they found salvation through the Jewish Messiah. On the other hand, they may witness to the Gentile by sharing how the Jewish people are the apple of God’s eye; that we received the Gospel of salvation from a Jewish Messiah and Jewish apostles, that the gospel is first for the Jew and then the Gentile, that they are still God’s chosen people and He desires for them to know Him.”
Zackary is Gentile and Esther is Jewish and, thus, their marriage itself may be described as a picture of the “one new man.”
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15
The company currently offers two uniquely designed pendants, each of which features both a cross and Star of David as emblems of faith. The pendants are available on sterling silver chains of varying lengths.
The first design, called One New Man Heart Pendant, features the cross and star inside a classic heart shape, representing an expression of love for the Jewish foundations of faith in Yeshua. The second design, One New Man Pendant, expresses an “understanding of the union that exists between Jew and Gentile through Messiah Yeshua.” In this design, the pendant leans toward the star, as an acknowledgment of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.
While the business is in the early stages, Zackary continues to work as a web designer, including the Hadassah Jewellery website itself. Both Zackary and Esther are very involved with raising their young family and Esther writes a blog on the Hadassah website about her experiences as a parent and the spiritual lessons she is learning as a mother.
The jewellery’s unique designs actually grew out of an anniversary gift that Zackary had created for Esther. With the help of Esther’s parents, who have been in the jewellery business for 30 years, Zackary had designed a necklace that represented his and Esther’s personal union as a marriage between Jew and Gentile and also as “one new man” in Yeshua. The original piece combined the Star of David and the cross as symbols of Jewish and Christian faith. As Esther told KNI, “Zack is very romantic, and it was an amazingly thoughtful and beautiful gift.”
As I wore the piece it got a lot of attention. It started many conversations about the Jewish foundations of our faith.
Now, Zackary works with an Israeli jeweler in making pieces for the business. While the current pieces are for women to wear, Zackary says, “We have been asked about pendants for men and are planning on bringing out a new piece that is suitable to be worn by them.”
“I am just so thankful for this jewellery design, which I believe God has placed in our hands to unite Jew and Gentile and provoke both into a closer walk with the Lord, who is a Father to all, and desires all to know Him from the heart,” Esther said. “Only by acknowledging the Jewish roots of our faith can a Christian really understand our Lord and Father and only by acknowledging Yeshua (Jesus) can a Jew fully understand who he was created to be. We pray that this piece will bless both and bring glory to God in the highest.”
Hadassah’s high quality jewellery is made of sterling silver and is available on their online shop. Sales began in July and the items are shipped internationally from Israel.